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Help the charity that helps the Valley

Some places faced with a burgeoning and transitory population might turn to the government to help.

In Carson Valley, when residents saw there was a need to help feed the hungry, they gathered together and found a way to make it work.

Carson Valley was a very different place in 1988, when the Carson Valley Community Food Closet was first conceived.

The 1990 Census reported there were 27,637 people officially living in Douglas County. That was an increase of 8,216 people, or enough to pretty much fill the Gardnerville Ranchos.

The schools were packed, and there were only two grocery stores of note in the Valley, Raley’s and Miller’s Market.

Churches and service clubs got the ball rolling, according to an article appearing in the April 14, 1988, edition of The R-C.

The first donations sought by the food closet were of sheetrock, insulation, plywood, a three-foot door, a refrigerator and a freezer.

Among the organizers were Carson Valley United Methodist Pastor Pete Nelson, St. Gall Father John Corona and Trinity Lutheran Rev. Larry Miller.

By 1990, the brand new food closet gave out 755 vouchers in a year for families, and Scouts had collected 7,331 pounds of food in their annual drive.

Today, the food closet is providing 26,000 meals a year, serving about 6,000 people.

Storage for all that food has been an issue for quite a few years. Thankfully donations of space have helped, but while the food closet depends on the kindness of strangers, its operators would like to expand.

That effort is underway, and we encourage Carson Valley residents to once more step up and help a charity that has helped so many over the years.

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